Since 2005, my husband Michael Jenkins and I divide our time between Portland, Oregon and the small town of Cañar, 10,100 feet in the southern Andes of Ecuador. There, my work as photographer and writer has led to two books, Cañar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador, and Our House in the Clouds, (both published by University of Texas Press) as well as exhibitions in the U.S., Canada and Ecuador; and long-term projects with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. I’ve recently added “archivist” to my CV as I’ve begun printing and digitizing the glass plate and early celluloid negatives of a traditional Cañar town photographer, Rigoberto Navas. The Navas photographs will be part of a larger project, the Archivo Fotográfico de Cañar, a repository of historic and contemporary photographs, video, music, oral history recordings and documents.
I’ve been lucky to receive grants to continue the work I love. In the early years, Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards provided funds for research and exhibits in Toronto and Costa Rica. Since 2000 support for my work in Ecuador has come from two Fulbright senior scholar awards, the Oregon Arts Council, Organization of American States. I’ve recently received a third Fulbright grant for 2015-16.